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EastEnders’ Shona McGarty devastated as beloved dog dies

EastEnders star Shona McGarty has posted an upsetting update on her social media, revealing her pet dog has died.

The actress bought her Jack Russell, Mitch, when she first started her role as Whitney Dean on the BBC One soap.

Describing Mitch as her ‘little mate’, Shona shared a variety of pictures of the sweet dog on her Instagram, writing alongside:

‘When I got the job on Eastenders, still living at home, and my first pay check at the age of 16, I bought a gorgeous little pup, for my family. A gorgeous black and white Jack Russell. When I met him he was so vocal, a real fiesty little fella. A bit like Phil Mitchell. So, I decided to name him Mitch. After Mitchell of course.

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‘He made us so happy, and we had so much fun. My sister, Mitch and I grew up together. He loved dressing up, he loved his ball, he loved trying to bite the shadows on the walls! He had such a kind heart, he’d catch mice or flys, and just want to play with them, never hurt them. He was so incredibly fast! He’d show off, and out run all the other dogs in the park. He was also a huge flirt with the ladies.’

‘He changed our lives’, she added.

‘He showed us so much love. He was there for me when I was upset, or hurt, he was always right beside me. Today, we lost my little mate. We’ll remember you always Mitchy.’

Shona received many kind comments from her EastEnders co-stars, including Clair Norris (Bernie Taylor), who said: ‘Sorry for your loss! Sending lots of love’ and Lacey Turner (Stacey Slater), who wrote: ‘Beautifully written darling!! Sorry for your loss. Rest in peace mitch!! Sending love to you all.’

Over in EastEnders, Shona’s character is facing a happy time right now, following the discovery that she’s pregnant.

The baby’s father, Zack (James Farrar), recently learnt he is HIV positive, something he will soon have to tell Whitney.

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